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Famous Ho Chi Minh Food To Eat Before You Leave

Famous Ho Chi Minh Food To Eat Before You Leave

Vietnamese cuisine is popular in many countries. Most of the Vietnamese dishes are the unique combination of a variety of fresh herbs, vegetables, meat and spices. Our guide Top 10 must try food in Ho Chi Minh will suggest you the best local restaurants to enjoy best food in Ho Chi Minh.

1. Vietnamese broken rice (Cơm tấm)

No trip to Sai Gon is completed without trying Com Tam Suon Bi.

Literally, Cơm tấm is broken rice, which is partially broken during the milling process. “Suon bi” means the pork meat. Apart from being made by the special rice, Com tam is served with a grilled pork chop on top. Local people usually eat this dish with fish sauce, cucumber pickles, green onions, and chilies.

If you are bored with the basic version of Com Tam with pork, don't mind adding some extra ingredients as a fried egg, pig skin, Vietnamese meatloaf to the dish. All of them come perfectly together in one plate.

It’s not difficult to find a stall selling Com Tam suon bi as there is a big selection most readily available around Sai Gon.

Famous Ho Chi Minh Food To Eat Before You Leave

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Where to eat:

Com Tam Moc

Thuan Kieu Restaurant

Com Tam Ba Ghien

  • Address: 84 Đặng Văn Ngữ Street, 10 Ward, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Opening hours: 6 am – 10 pm daily.
  • Price: About 30,000 to 40,000 VND (about 1,5 to 2 USD) for a regular dish. For extra things added to your dish, you will be charged more.

Com Tam Hoang Gia

  • Address: 54-57 Bửu Đình Street, Ward 5, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Price: 30,000 VND – 40,000 VND (about 1,5 to 2 USD)

Moc broken rice restaurant (Com Tam Moc)

Ly tu trong ho chi minh
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Moc broken rice restaurant is famous for Com Tam, a popular dish of Ho Chi Minh peple. This dish that has always been highly recommended by locals and in foreign guidebooks.

2. Trang Bang Rice Paper ( Báng tráng Trảng Bàng)

Derived from Trảng Bàng town, Tay Ninh province, Banh Trang Trang Bang has become a not-to-be-missed food for all tourists coming to Sai Gon. What makes banh trang Trang Trang Bang different from others is its slight sweet in taste and soft layer.

There are several ways to eat Banh trang Trang Bang. The most usual way is to roll banh trang with pork, some vegetables and eat with fish sauce. Others use banh trang with fish sauce as a snack.

Famous Ho Chi Minh Food To Eat Before You Leave

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Where to eat:

Hoàng Ty – Đặc sản Tràng Bảng

  • Address: 70-72 Võ Văn Tần, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Price: 60,000 VND to 100,000 VND (2,7 – 4,5 USD) (for a dish of Banh trang Trang Bang and pork)

Hoang Ty Restaurant

70-72 Võ Văn Tần, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city.
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Hoang Ty Restaurant serves the best Vietnamese cuisine. They offer variety of food choice which is definitely must try ones in Ho Chi Minh

3. Phnom-penh clear rice noodle soup (Hủ tiếu Nam Vang)

Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang is another day-to-day food for all Sai Gon citizens. Why is it so popular?

This can be explained for the cheap cost, delicious filling and widely available in every corner streets in Sai Gon of this dish.

Basically, Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang has its origin from the Cambodian and Chinese noodle soup which consists of all sorts of sliced organs, shrimp, and other additions.

Today, it’s most often found in small restaurants that spill out on the street. The local have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a late night meal.

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If you are looking for a place to enjoy Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang, look at these suggestions:

Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang Nhân Quán:

  • Address: 72 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city.

Hủ tiếu Cả Cần:

  • Address: 110 Hùng Vương, Ward 9, District 5, Ho Chi Minh city.

Hủ Tiếu Hồng Phát:

  • Address: 389 – 391 Võ Văn Tần Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city.

Hủ tiếu nam vang tylum

Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang Nhân Quán :

  • Address: 72 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city.

Hủ tiếu Cả Cần:

  • Address: 110 Hùng Vương, Ward 9, District 5, Ho Chi Minh city.

Hủ Tiếu Hồng Phát:

  • Address: 389 – 391 Võ Văn Tần Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city.

Hu Tieu Nam Vang Tylum

93 Huỳnh Mẫn Đạt, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Opening time: 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Hu Tieu Nam Vang Tylum serves the best noodle which is initially the food of Chinese. Then, it's is adjusted to suit the Vietnamese people and become of Vietnamese specialty.

4. Snail (Ốc)

Ốc or “Snail” in English is a dish that sounds unappetizing but taste wonderful. For years, Ốc has become a specialty in Sai Gon, which people shouldn’t miss a chance to try. Ốc is now a major part of the Vietnamese culture of Saigon.

Don’t be surprised if you see dozens of different snails displayed freshly in front of the stall. They are readily for you to choose. Other seafood as shrimp, crab, clams; blood cockles are served as well.

Generally, there are about 7 to 10 ways of cooking snails. Snails can be grilled, boiled, coated in salt and chili, steamed and so on.

Note that the ordering process can be quite tough but funny. Even though you know which type of snail you choose for dinner, you have no idea how they are cooked as the cooking method is not explained in English. But don’t stick into that thought. Sometimes, randomly eat something you don’t have any idea is truly a wonderful tough! Just enjoy by yourself!

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Nguyen Thuong Hien Street is a well-known destination for snail lovers as there is a long line of stalls serving snails. Some of them are followed named:

Ốc A Sò:

  • Address: 327 – 329 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền, Quarter 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 4 pm – 10 pm daily
  • Price: Dishes can range from 40,000 – 100,000 VND ($1.85 – $4.62)

Ốc A Đào:

  • Address: 212B/C79 Nguyen Trãi, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city.

Quán Ốc Hai Lùn:

  • Address : 433/28 Lê Đại Hành, Ward 11 , District 11, Ho Chi Minh city.

Oc Mot (number 1) :

Oc Mot (number 1)

292/15 Cach mang thang tam street, ward10, dis3
Opening time: 12:00 PM - 22:00 PM

Oc Mot in Ho Chi Minh has its own particular dishes and such a distinctive processing feature makes you want to always remember when in need of joyful moments with friends and relatives.

5. Fresh crab water vermicelli noodles (Bún riêu cua)

Next up is another noodle in Sai Gon, which has a completely different taste from Phở. It is Bún Riêu cua (bun rieu cua).

To make a quality bowl of bun rieu cua, it requires a lot of work. The cook has to wake up at early morning to make preration for broth which states for the delicacy and tastiness of bun rieu.

From the first spoon of bun rieu cua, you can totally feel the slight sweetness of the broth made from a crab base stock and tomatoes. Along with Pho, bun rieu cua is easily ranked as the most favorite noodles for all foodies.

If giving a small notice, you can see that there is always fresh herb served together with most dishes in Viet Nam. And bun rieu is not an exception. This dish is served with vegetable to balance the Ying-yang in our body.

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Where to eat:

Bún Riêu Nguyễn Cảnh Chân:

  • Address: 18/5 Nguyễn Cảnh Chân, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm daily
  • Prices: 45,000 VND ($2.08)

Bún riêu Thanh Hải:

  • Address: 14/12 Kỳ Đồng Street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Price: 45,000 VND ($ 3,0)

Bun Rieu Nguyen Canh Chan

18/5 Nguyễn Cảnh Chân, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 19:00 PM

Bun Rieu Nguyen Canh Chan is famous for its Bun rieu cua, a very popular dish of Vietnamese people, especially for breakfast.

6. Rice Paper Salad (Bánh tráng trộn)

Do you know what the favorite thing young people usually do after school is?

It’s going to a stall selling Bánh tráng trộn.

Beacause banh trang tron is the most likeable and affordable snack for people of all ages, especially youngster.

“Trộn” has its meaning as the mix of several ingredients in one dish. In Banh Trang Tron, that is the combination of shredded rice paper, seasoned with a chili sauce, and filled with herbs like Vietnamese coriander and basil and supplemented with pieces of squid, dried beef, salty fish, and quail eggs.

Many people are fond of sitting at street vendors, eating banh trang tron and gossiping about their and others’ lives. Banh trang tron is so well-liked that many domestic tourists buy this snack as a gift when returning home.

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Where to try:

Bánh tráng trộn Chú Viên:

  • Address: 38 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Opening hours: 3 pm – 9 pm daily
  • Prices: 20,000 VND ($0.92)

Notre Dame Cathedral and Turtle Lake at night: Dragging around these places at night, you can see how the nightlife of Sai Gon is. There are several groups hanging out together, chatting while eating banh trang tron. Therefore, the stalls selling this favorite dish is the most usual image in Notre Dame Cathedral and Turtle Lake.

Bánh tráng trộn Chú Viên

Bánh tráng trộn chú Viên phường 4 Quận 3 38 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền phường 4, Hồ Chí Minh Vietnam
Opening time: 15:00 PM - 19:00 PM

Banh Trang Tron Chu Vien becomes more and more popular to the young generation of Ho Chi Minh. Banh trang tron is a cheap and interesting foods of local.

7. Bún Mắm (bun mam)

Some Vietnamese food is truly challenging for appetizers and bun mam is one of them. Many people especially foreigners can't stand on its pungent smell but you know what? That special smell really makes bun mam stand out.

The soup broth made from the fermented fish sauce is used with rice vermicelli noodles at the bottom and the sorts of meats like squid, prawns, and pork on top.

Don't forget to add some vegetable to get a taste of sensation in your mouth.

Apart from Bun rieu, Bun mam is another kind of noodle that all tourists need to try to finish their trips.

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Suggested places to eat Bun Mam:

Bún mắm 22 Phan Bội Châu

  • Address: 22 Phan Bội Châu, across from Ben Thanh market, Saigon
  • Opening hours: Not sure exactly, but they are open for breakfast, lunch and throughout the afternoon
  • Price: 65,000 VND ($3) per bowl

Bun Mam

Quán Bún Mắm 22 Phan Bội Châu Bến Thành 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 19:00 PM

Bun Mam 22 Phan Boi Chau is great spot for local food lovers. Bun mam is a very popular food that can't be missed.

8. Banh Mi (Bánh mì)

Banh mi which is influenced by French baguettes has been so popular to the Vietnamese and appealing to all tourists. If you go to Sai Gon without trying Banh Mi, it’s surely a big mistake.
Banh Mi is sold in the carts and stalls lining on busy streets and quiet alleys. For a long time, banh mi is now undeniably a great choice for breakfast, lunch or even dinner for many Vietnamese.

A small banh mi is full filled with about ten ingredients ranging from pork, butter, slices of cucumber, chopped tomatoes, luncheon meats, shredded cured pork skin, pâté, mayonnaise, Vietnamese radish and carrot pickles.

Addition to its diversified components, what people like about banh mi is its inexpensive price and convenient size to take away.

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Where to eat:

Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa:

  • Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Opening hours: About 3:30 pm – midnight daily
  • Price: 30,000 VND ($1.40),

Bánh mì Hồng Hoa:

  • Address: 62 Nguyễn Văn Tráng, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Opening hours: I think open in the morning, I arrived at 8 am, and they seemed to be at their peak serving, so good place for breakfast
  • Price: 17,000 VND ($0.80)

Bánh mì 37 Nguyễn Trãi:

  • Address: 37 Nguyễn Trãi, Ho Chi Minh City (though the address is 37, it’s right at Hem 39)
  • Opening hours: From around 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm each day
  • Price: 16,000 VND ($0.75)

Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa

Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa 26 Lê Thị Riêng Bến Thành 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening time: 15:00 PM - 22:00 PM

Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa the best known Banh Mi store in Ho Chi Minh. You should try the famous Vietnamese Banh mi to complete your trip here.

9. Vietnamese Mini Pancakes (Bánh khọt)

Nowadays, more and more tourists making their way to look for a small version of banh Xeo named bánh Khọt. If you are a fan of banh Xeo, you will assuredly enjoy banh khot too.
The batter of bánh Khọt is made from rice flour, sometimes even leftover rice like in Helen’s recipe, coconut milk, and a hint of turmeric powder to give it that slightly yellow color. Toppings consist of a shrimp with a sprinkle of green onions.

More importantly, bánh Khọt has to be served with sweet fish sauce which set banh khot apart from other pancakes.

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Where to eat:

Bàn Cờ market stall

  • Address: Somewhere in the tangle of Chợ Bàn Cờ market
  • Price: 20,000 VND ($0.92) for a plate that included about 10 pieces.

Bánh Khọt Cô Ba Vũng Tàu

  • Address: 102 Cao Thắng, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (but there are a couple of locations)
  • Opening hours: 7 am – 10 pm, if you go during peak mealtimes it can get pretty busy
  • Price: 50,000 VND (the price here is higher than average but it’s space is much larger, suitable for family and kids).

Ban Co market stall

Chợ Bàn Cờ Hẻm 664 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu phường 3 Quận 3 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening time: 07:00 AM - 17:00 PM

Ban Co market stall is a great eating spot of local. It's also a ideal place for tourist to explore Vietnamese traditional market and enjoy the best local foods

10 . Beef Wrapped in Wild Betal Leaves (Bò lá lốt)

To perfectly end this list, Bò lá lốt should be the one. Bò lá lốt is one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes has got to be eaten by all foodies.

Bò lá lốt is the fermented pork meat rolled with lá lốt and tightly wrapped into thin tubes. Then, all of these meat tubes will be grilled over charcoal to create a dish with slight dark in color and smoky tempting flavor.

A plate of bo la lot is then served with rice paper, a typical bounty of leaves and herbs, chilies of course. Bò lá lốt turns out to be one of the most favorable options for dinner. It’s why you can easily stumble across a stall selling this food throughout Sai Gon.

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You also can check it out at

Hoàng Ty – Đặc sản Tràng Bảng

Cô Liên Bò Lá Lốt

  • Address: 321 Võ Văn Tần, Quater 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Opening hours: 10 am – 9:30 pm daily

Are you looking for a healthy dish for your lunch or dinner? Why don’t you try Vietnamese food with less fat and more vegetables?

Here are some suggestions for your next trip to Ho Chi Minh:

- Top 10 things to do with kids in Ho Chi Minh

- Free Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh

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My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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